The Keating construction law update will cover some important discussion points currently in construction case law.
Phil Morrison, Head of Construction at Clarion and Branch Chair and Education Officer of the North East Branch of CIArb, will be joined by Brenna Conroy and Emma Healiss from Keating Chambers to provide recent case studies that have an impact on the advice that we as construction lawyers are providing to our clients.
Emma Healiss specialises in domestic and international construction, energy and procurement disputes. She is described as an “exceptional” and “first-class” barrister.
Emma is ranked by Legal 500 in construction, professional negligence, and energy. She is also ranked by Chambers & Partners in construction and public procurement. Recent recommendations include “a terrific junior who is able to think on her feet”, “exceptionally methodical, dedicated and cuts through the complex and often opaque issues in a claim with ease, with innovative solutions and commercial advice for the client”, an “unrivalled ability to review, comprehend and advise on complex points of law within tight timescales” and “incisive on her feet”.
Emma has developed a strong domestic and international practice. Of late, she has acted as junior counsel to bereaved families, survivors and former residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is currently instructed by Lendlease in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust v Lendlease Construction (Europe) Ltd & Others, the only construction case to feature in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2022. Emma is also highly sought after for adjudication disputes, particularly those involving insolvent parties.
Emma is a contributor to Keating on Construction Contracts and Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering.
Brenna Conroy specialises in construction, international arbitration, professional negligence and energy work and is recommended in Chambers and Partners as “a star of the future”, and described as “approachable, bright and incredibly sharp”. Due to the quality of her written work and advocacy, Brenna was appointed to the prestigious Attorney General’s B Panel this year.
Brenna’s reputation at the Construction Bar resulted in her being listed in Legal Week’s “Stars at the Bar 2017” as one of 12 most highly rated commercial barristers under 10 years call. Brenna was recommended as “quick-thinking [and] hardworking” and as having “a wider understanding of not just the legal perspective, but tactical strategy, demonstrated by her proficiently arguing complicated legal points.”
In relation to her construction work, Brenna is noted in Chambers and Partners as being “sharp and formidable” and “very commercial and user-friendly” and is commended for being able to “talk in the client’s language. She understands the industry and the key commercial drivers and comes up with practical solutions. She also has an incredible work ethic.” Brenna is also praised in the Legal 500 construction rankings for being “super-bright, quick to assimilate complex issues and detailed points.”
Brenna has built up a strong domestic and international practice, with a particular interest in construction and energy work and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in the TCC as well as complex, high value international arbitration proceedings. Over the last 2 years she has been involved in several high value disputes concerning drillships, power plants, sports centres and infrastructure. She has been led in several UK court cases and adjudications as well as very high profile arbitrations involving projects in Georgia, Korea, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Brenna has built up a busy construction practice in her own right, and has had a number of reported cases, one of which had important implications for payment and one for adjudication within the industry. She has also received judicial praise in a number of her reported cases for her succinct and skilful advocacy.
Brenna is a contributing editor of the Construction Law Reports and Keating on Construction Contracts.
In chambers, Brenna sits on the pupillage committee and is a pupil supervisor. Brenna also sits on the GDL and Bar Course Scholarship Interview panels for Lincoln’s Inn.